Anger over Mohammed cartoon cited in Danish trial

Phillip Williams, Europe correspondent

Last Updated: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:32:00 +1000

The trial has begun of four men accused of plotting a massacre at a Danish newspaper office because of the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Prosecutors say the accused planned to attack the offices of Jyllands-Posten on the same day Crown Prince Frederik was due to visit the building.

There were riots in Muslim countries when the newspaper first published the cartoons in 2005, police say the residual anger was behind the planned attack involving three Swedish citizens and a Tunisian.

They were arrested in December 2010 when guns and ammunition were allegedly found in the men's possession.

Prosecutors say the accused intended to kill as many people as possible at a sports award ceremony.

The four all deny the charges, but face between 14 and 16 years in prison if convicted.

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